Who We Are
Emerge Solutions was founded under the name Advancing Bridges at the 2012 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty National Conference. The organization began as a collaboration of Bridges Out of Poverty communities seeking to help local communities address poverty. The name “Emerge Solutions” was adopted in September 2015. The new name and our tagline, “Breakthroughs in Closing the Economic Gap,” better reflect our mission, emphasis on collaboration, and our expanded focus on seeking out and promoting proven solutions to transform communities from a broader range of sources. Today, Emerge Solutions is a member-driven, national organization that supports communities working to advance economic equality.
Emerge Solutions' purposes include:
Serving as a network for sharing ideas, best practices and funding opportunities
Facilitating research, data collection and evaluation
Collaborating with regional and national agencies, organizations and businesses
Identifying and advancing effective tools to stabilize individuals and communities
Educating policymakers at all levels about how the economic gap impacts society, and about how we can create healthier, more vibrant and more sustainable communities for everyone
Join a Committee
Emerge Solutions has created four committees—comprised of both board and organization members—to work in the following areas:
The Advocacy Committee seeks to impact specific policy and legislative concerns that will make a difference in advancing economic equality.
The Best Practices Committee identifies and disseminates best practices for reducing economic disparity across diverse sectors and geographical regions.
The Marketing and Membership Committee works to develop effective communications tools such as the website and the newsletter to enhance member benefits and expand membership.
The Finance and Fundraising Committee maintains financial records and provides leadership in securing funding to support Emerge Solutions' mission.
To join a committee, please contact us.
Stephen MacDonald, President
Bridges Out of Poverty Coordinator
Lucas County Family and Children First Council
Tom Martindale, Vice President
Retired Director, Building Bridges for the Future of Muskogee
Consultant, aha! Process
Anastasia Howard, Treasurer
Health System Communications
Alexii Collins, Secretary
YMCA of Greater Toledo
Director, Adult Career Development
Bridges to Prosperity
Fort Pierce, FL
Irene M. Frechette
St. Vincent de Paul Society
AmeriCorps Program Manager
United Way of St. Joseph County
South Bend, IN
Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership
Joyce McClellan, Ed.D.
Chief Development Officer
Deirdre “Dee” Washington
Michael D. Schlichting
Salvation Army Mission Specialist
Ponca City, OK Corps
Arkansas/Oklahoma Division of the Southern Territory
Ponca City, OK
Muskogee Bridges Out of Poverty